Music & Voice Lessons

Music & Voice Lessons

Develop creative expression through music and song! We believe the arts provide personal growth and development for all ages and abilities. our caring and qualified instructors provide individualized attention in a 30-minute private lesson. voice, piano, guitar, and string instrument lessons are available. Students will have the opportunity to participate in our spring recital, held annually in April.

All lessons are taught by professional instructors with prior teaching experience; most of our teachers also perform locally and regionally, either as solo artists or as members of ensembles.

Music lessons are offered in two calendar sessions throughout the year. New students may begin as schedule allows. Times vary-call for open times.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Winter 2021 music lessons will be offered in a virtual format for 7 weeks.*

Contact Laura Drake, Arts & Humanities Director at 608-519-5513.

Guitar - Virtual Winter 2021

All Locations
1/15/21 - 3/14/21
VIEW
Winter 2021 Virtual Session
Lessons run January 11, 2021-February 28, 2021
Days and times vary
Family Member Fee: $132
Youth Member Fee: $153

Meet our instructors:

Doug Mahlum is a long-time local entertainer, teaches guitar at the Houser YMCA and Holmen Lutheran Church locations. He has spent many years soloing around the Coulee Region, including performances with Viterbo’s Platinum Edition. For over 33 years, Doug was the lead singer, and trumpet, flugelhorn and rhythm guitar performer with Double-Take, a local variety band. Doug was a member of the La Crosse Coulee Chordsmen Barbershop chorus and the lead singer of New Image, a barbershop, jazz, and bebop quartet, for over 20 years. He continues to be a member and soloist with the Coulee Region Gospel choir since joining in 1995. Most recently, he and his three young adult kids have started to entertain in the area as a group called “Family Matters.” Doug teaches guitar and ukulele at the YMCA.

Matt Fisher Is a graduate of UW-La Crosse with two majors, one in English and one in French. He’s been playing guitar for nine years, but has been studying music on various different instruments for thirteen years.


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At Family MemberYouth MemberNon Member
12/18/20 3/14/21 Online / Front Desk $ 66.00$ 76.50-

Available Sessions

Date(s)
1/15/21 - 2/14/21
VIRTUAL
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Closes
01/29/2021
2/15/21 - 3/14/21
VIRTUAL
Register  
Closes
03/01/2021

Piano - Virtual Winter 2021

All Locations
1/15/21 - 3/14/21
VIEW
Winter 2021 Virtual Session
Lessons run January 11, 2021-February 28, 2021
Days and times vary
Family Member Fee: $132
Youth Member Fee: $153

Meet our instructors:

Marilyn Lee holds a B.A. in Vocal Music Education from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa and an Associate degree in Theological Studies from Biblical Life College & Seminary in Marshfield, Missouri. Formerly, she has taught high school music and directed children’s and community choirs. Marilyn has been teaching piano and voice for over thirty years to students of all ages and is a current member of Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. She frequently performs as a soloist for the UW-La Crosse Choral Union and is the current director for River’s Harvest Church choir. In addition to traditional piano and voice lessons, Marilyn teaches contemporary improvisation for worship leaders and praise band keyboardists. Instruction is designed to meet the student’s personal goals. Marilyn joined the YMCA music staff in January of 2015 and teaches piano and voice.

Siyu Gao was born in Beijing, China and started to play the piano at a very young age. She participated in numerous school musical performances from elementary school through high school. After receiving degrees in piano performance and music education and studying under Dr. Zhou Guangren for ten years, she served as a piano teaching assistant for three years at China’s leading music school, the Central Conservatory of Music. Siyu has been teaching private lessons in La Crosse since 2014 and is a passionate and caring piano teacher. She welcomes students of all ages, music interests and abilities and especially enjoys teaching young beginners and helping them find their love for music. She believes each student is an individual with a unique learning style and strives to tailor her instruction to fit the student.


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At Family MemberYouth MemberNon Member
12/18/20 3/14/21 Online / Front Desk $ 66.00$ 76.50-

Available Sessions

Date(s)
1/15/21 - 2/14/21
VIRTUAL
Register  
Closes
01/29/2021
2/15/21 - 3/14/21
VIRTUAL
Register  
Closes
03/01/2021

Ukulele - Virtual Winter 2021

All Locations
1/15/21 - 3/14/21
VIEW
Winter 2021 Virtual Session
Lessons run January 11, 2021-February 28, 2021
Days and times vary
Family Member Fee: $132
Youth Member Fee: $153

Meet our Instructors:

Doug Mahlum is a long-time local entertainer, teaches beginner guitar at the YMCA-North branch. He has spent many years soloing around the Coulee Region, including performances with Viterbo’s Platinum Edition. For over 33 years, Doug was the lead singer, and trumpet, flugelhorn and rhythm guitar performer with Double-Take, a local variety band. Doug was a member of the La Crosse Coulee Chordsmen Barbershop chorus and the lead singer of New Image, a barbershop, jazz, and bebop quartet, for over 20 years. He continues to be a member and soloist with the Coulee Region Gospel choir since joining in 1995. Most recently, he and his three young adult kids have started to entertain in the area as a group called “Family Matters.” Doug teaches guitar and ukulele at the YMCA.

Matt Fisher Is a graduating student of UW-La Crosse with two majors, one in English and one in French. He’s been playing guitar for nine years, but has been studying music on various different instruments for thirteen years.


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At Family MemberYouth MemberNon Member
12/18/20 3/14/21 Online / Front Desk $ 66.00$ 76.50-

Available Sessions

Date(s)
1/15/21 - 2/14/21
VIRTUAL
Register  
Closes
01/29/2021
2/15/21 - 3/14/21
VIRTUAL
Register  
Closes
03/01/2021